In 2018 Romanians commemorate 100 years from the major political event of 1918: the accomplishment of the Romanian national state, made by uniting the Romanian provinces with Romania. At the beginning was the unification of Basarabia with Romania (27 March 1918), then the union of Bucovina with Romania (28 November 1918), and finally the unification of Transylvania, Banat, Crişana and Maramureş with Romania (1 December 1918). The three unions form the Great Union together in 1918, and in 2018, 100 years after those events, we celebrate the Centenary of the Great Union.
What are we celebrating at the Centenary of the Great Union? If we were to summarize in a few ideas, in 2018, at the Centenary of the Great Union, all those who feel Romanian celebrate:
The belief of the Romanians who made the Union was that all of the Romanian breath must live together in one state, Romania.
The sustained effort of the Romanians, over time, of not forgetting that they are Romanians.
The Romanians’ desire to achieve the Great Union, through the centuries, regardless of the vicissitudes of history.
The tenacity of Romanian leaders and elites who have taken all necessary steps to bring Unirea into reality.
The heroism and sacrifice of those without whom the dream of the Romanians for centuries, the Great Union, would not have been possible.
The Romanians’ disobedience to the temporal empires affected their interests and the non-acceptance of an adversary.
The ambition of the Romanians to remain together 100 years after the Great Union.
The reason for the Romanians to constantly seek the best conditions for the realization of legitimate aspirations and capitalizing on these opportunities.
A brief look at the map of Romania in 2018 and the one in 1918 shows us that the Jubilee Centenary of the Great Union can not be full. Romania no longer looks like 100 years ago, after the Great Union. On June 28, 1940, following the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact, Romania is torn apart again and lost Basarabia, Bucovina, and Herzegovina. The shadow of that day, tragic for Romania, is still felt by the entire Romanian blowing. The commemoration of the Centenary of Romania, in addition to a joyous celebration, must also be a reason for reflection, but especially for the realization that it is our duty to restore what the Romanians performed on the day of grace December 1, 1918.
100 years after the Great Union, we must know that Romania is not whole without Basarabia and without Northern Bucovina!